AkzoNobel launches Intertrac Vision, the shipping industry’s first tool to predict the impact of fouling control coatings on ship efficiency

Oct 16 2015

AkzoNobel’s Marine Coatings brand, International®, today announced the launch of Intertrac Vision, the shipping industry’s first consultancy tool that provides accurate and transparent predictions on the fuel and COsavings potential of fouling control coatings, prior to application. The advanced science that underpins Intertrac Vision has taken over four years to develop. The work has been led by AkzoNobel's scientists who have also collaborated with leading academic and commercial research institutes, including the University College London Energy Institute (UMAS), MARIN, Newcastle University and more than 30 ship owners and operators worldwide.

The Intertrac Vision tool, which will be available as a free consultancy service for ship owners and operators, processes individual vessel parameters, inputted during a consultation and then uses multiple proprietary algorithms and models to provide an accurate and detailed assessment of the impact of each potential fouling control coating choice over the ships specified in-service period. Key outputs from Intertrac Vision include: ships powering requirement, fuel oil consumption, fuel oil cost, CO2 emission predictions and a full cost benefit analysis when comparing different coatings and surface preparation options. 

Michael Hindmarsh, Project Lead for Intertrac Vision said: “When selecting the most effective hull coating technology for a vessel, having an accurate understanding of the return on investment prior to purchasing, is a key part of the decision making process. Hull coatings play a key role in a vessel’s profitability and sustainability due to the fuel and CO2 savings that can be delivered and ship owners want tangible proof of the benefit prior to application. Through Intertrac Vision, we can bring a new level of transparency and choice to the industry, working with customers consultatively to ensure that the most effective and appropriate coatings solution is selected for each vessel within a fleet.” 

Dr Tristan Smith, from UMAS, said: “While all technology providers, including those producing hull coatings, have long since offered insight into the fuel and CO2 saving potential of their solutions, ship owners have maintained a degree of scepticism around performance prediction. The lack of accurate and transparent supporting data underpinning statistics quoted has contributed to this mindset. As one of several academic contributors to Intertrac Vision, we aim to support this initiative by bringing the industry a step closer to a new era of robust, rigorous analysis that can help improve the rationality in hull coating selection. This should enable ship owners to explore the ‘what if’s’ and performance prediction uncertainties in such a way that they can then make more informed decisions based on the key variables that influence the performance of fouling control coatings on their vessels.”